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Noah Hanifin and Chris Tanev rank first and second on Daily Faceoff’s new Trade Target list
12 days ago
It’s safe to say that the Calgary Flames are the belle of the ball at the 2024 National Hockey League trade deadline.
On Thursday morning, Frank Seravalli of Daily Faceoff released the site’s latest Trade Targets board. As you may know, Noah Hanifin and Chris Tanev are set to become unrestricted free agents at seasons’ end, so of course they rank first and second respectively.
It seemed in November that Hanifin and the Flames were close to an agreement on a deal worth $60 million over eight seasons, but Hanifin decided against it and remains a pending unrestricted free agent. It’s believed that Hanifin will soon make a decision on whether or not he re-signs, and if he doesn’t, the Flames could get a good haul for one of the most valuable rentals on the market.
This season, Hanifin has nine goals and 26 points in 50 games. There’s a good chance he’ll blow by his career-high in goals (10), but is on pace to fall short of the 48 points he put up in 2021-22. Hanifin isn’t outclassed by forwards either, as his 389.8 minutes against elite competition is the fourth-most in the league and accounts for 42.6% of his minutes according to Woodmoney.
Moreover, for any forward with over 200 minutes played, his 75% goal share against elite competition is the sixth most in the league, also according to Woodmoney.
As for Tanev, it seems like a matter of when, and not if, he is moved. There are plenty of teams interested in the right-shot defenceman, including a bunch of Canadian teams; the Vancouver Canucks, the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Ottawa Senators, the Winnipeg Jets, and even the Edmonton Oilers (22:40 minute mark of Feb.7’s OverDrive). Of course, his play style fits on some American teams as well, such as the Los Angeles Kings and New Jersey Devils.
Tanev isn’t going to give a team much on offence, scoring a single goal and nine points, with a career-high six goals and 22 points in 2021-22. However, Tanev will give a team his all on defence as he has 142 blocks this season, which is third in the league.
On top of that, Tanev is Hanifin’s defence partner so you know he plays a lot of minutes against elite competition. This season, Tanev has played 317.5 minutes against elite competition, which ranks 33rd in the league. However, Tanev plays against elite competition for 41.6% of his ice time, which is tied for ninth in the league for players with over 200 minutes.
Either way, if the Flames trade both Hanifin and Tanev, it will set them up nicely for the future, as they could get some NHL-ready prospects and some draft picks for the two defencemen.
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